I like stories. I’ll go through a period of reading novels, then for a change I’ll visit a local video store and rent (for as little as a buck) episodes of TV shows. Here are my current recommendations:
The second season of the show “Medium”; while I don’t believe in psychic abilities, the interplay between Allison DuBois (played by Patricia Arquette) and the Phoenix DA (played by Miguel Sandoval) is remarkable. The contrast between the household scenes, Allison and her husband Joe dealing with young daughters, and the legal scenes makes the show work. Rent it.
And then there is “House”. Hugh Laurie’s depiction of a crippled and Vicodin-addicted doctor is just first-rate. The friction, with a romantic tinge, between Gregory House and his boss Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) is truly well-conceived. The show is quite a contrast from Laurie’s younger days playing opposite Stephen Fry in the classic British comedy “Jeeves and Wooster”.
I’m also really fond of “The Big Bang Theory”. The interplay of the characters is masterfully written and performed. What would it be like to live with an annoying and arrogant genius, Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) — it’s fun to watch from afar. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are perfect foils for Sheldon’s autistic peculiarities.